There’s nothing quite like a properly scary film.
You know the kind. Hide behind the sofa scary. Close your eyes until the ominous music stops scary. Jump in your seat when someone opens a door scary. Bite your fingernails and fingers sc… you get the picture.
Last year we gave you a guide to the best horror films to watch at Christmas, but it’s 2018 now and you need – nay, deserve – more.
So, with near-perfect timing, we’re here to bring you the trailer to Hereditary, which has already made its case for the scariest film of the year.
Sure, that’s a big claim to make in January, but all the ingredients are there.
Hereditary comes from A24, the production company involved with horror big-hitters The Witch, It Comes at Night and cult favourite Green Room.
Its stars include Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense) and Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects), while director Ari Aster is making his feature-length debut.
If that wasn’t enough, it’s being regularly touted as the scariest film to get a mainstream release in years.
And if that wasn’t enough… well, just watch the trailer – perhaps from a safe distance, behind a sofa.
It’s got a scary kid, a dead relative who might not be completely gone, and the scariest thing of all… people spending an extended amount of time around their immediate family.
Hereditary has an enviable score of 100% on review site Rotten Tomatoes, and has left a real impression on every reviewer who has had the pleasure (if we can call it that) of taking in this terrifyingly brilliant and brilliantly terrifying film.
As The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney writes: “Hereditary takes the core haunting element of a spirit with a malevolent agenda and runs with it in a seemingly endless series of unexpected directions over two breathless hours of escalating terror that never slackens for a minute.”
There’s no official UK release date, as of yet (the US will get it in June), but this looks like the horror film we’ve been waiting for.
(Main image: A24)